James Wan reveals The Trench movie was secret Black Manta movie

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James Wan has made a big revelation that the canceled The Trench movie was actually a secret Black Manta movie.

Originally announced in 2019, Wan has shared that The Trench would be a lower budget horror film. As time went on, things went quiet on the project, and eventually, it was canceled.

Wan was recently asked on Instagram if he had considered doing a Black Manta series, and made a rather surprising revelation. “I’ll let you in on a secret,” said Wan,  “the canceled Trench spin-off movie was really going to be a secret Black Manta movie.”

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Perhaps the story could now be turned into an HBO Max series. Warner Bros. has stated they want all of their major films to spawn at least one TV spinoff, and this certainly seems like a natural go to for the Aquaman franchise. We’ll just have to wait and see if anything comes of it.

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is due to hit theaters on Dec. 16, 2022.